IIJ Capacity Building Initiative: Prosecutors in the Southern Mediterranean

Starting Date2019-01-23 Ending Date2019-01-24 Beirut, Lebanon

The IIJ in partnership with the European Union organized on 23-24 January 2019 in Beirut, Lebanon an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) to review and finalize the Outline developed over the course of 2018 under the IIJ Capacity Building Program for Prosecutors and Investigative Magistrates in the Southern Extended Mediterranean Region. More than 20 experts from 13 countries took part of this meeting.

The goal of the Outline itself is to emphasize several responsibilities prosecutors, investigating magistrates, and investigating agents should undertake to help ensure that the criminal justice system works effectively in combating terrorism in accordance with international rule of law and human rights standards. These responsibilities include (1) ensuring that an effective investigation is conducted of individuals suspected of commission or planning of terrorist attacks; (2) selecting the appropriate charges to bring in such cases; (3) promoting the right to a fair trial for the individuals charged; and (4) bringing before the court those not present in the jurisdiction in which the charges against them were filed.

The Outline reflect practical priorities, challenges, and recommendations, and including case studies as identified by the participating prosecutors, investigative magistrates and other criminal justice sector practitioners. The Outline makes reference to applicable international counter-terrorism and human rights instruments and rule of law considerations, and builds on existing guidance documents published by the EU, GCTF and other international organizations. With this document, the IIJ aims to provide prosecutors with practical guidelines based on international standards and good practices to assist them in dealing with some of the key issues they face in their efforts to respond to terrorism and related crimes.

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For more information on this workshop please contact IIJ Program Manager, Soufiane El Hamdi